Magnolia Pictures has released the first full-length North American trailer for Woman at War. The Icelandic comedy drama-thriller was released back in May of 2018 in Europe, but it won't be hitting North American theaters until March 1st, which is perfect because Benedikt Erlingsson fans are going to want to check this one out. The full-length trailer, which was released today, is quirky and full of thrills, stunts, and comedy. Upon its debut at Cannes, critics were knocked out by what Erlingsson was able to pull off with his latest project.
Woman at War centers on Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir), a fifty-year old independent woman. However, behind the scenes of her seemingly quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist, who is not afraid to take matters into her own hands. In the activism world, she is only known by her alias "The Woman of the Mountain." Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminum industry in the movie, and from the looks of things, her actions get quite bold. Halla graduates from petty vandalism to outright industrial sabotage and succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the corporation building a new aluminum smelter.
But right as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes her life. Her application to adopt a child has finally been accepted and there is a little girl waiting for her in the Ukraine. As she prepares to start a new life as a mother, she decides to plot one final attack to deal the aluminum industry a crippling blow. Halldora Geirharosdottir's portrayal of Halla is highlighted in the latest Woman at War trailer, with pretty crazy stunts and humor as she demolishes power lines or hides from helicopters on a mountain.
Early reviews for Woman at War have praised it for taking something as serious as environmental issues and blending it with feel-good comedy in a seamless way. One review says that it's "nearly perfect," which should get more than a few people excited to see what Benedikt Erlingsson's follow up to Of Horses and Men is all about. Woman at War has also been hard to describe. Most would agree that it is a drama comedy thriller, but there are elements of musicals and social drama all thrown into the mix, giving it an original feel.
Woman at War is preparing for its North American release in March, so make sure to go check it out before the American version is made. Jodie Foster is preparing to direct and star in the remake, which is set to go into production soon. With that in mind, it will be interesting to see how well the North American remake is received upon its release in the near future. For now, you can check out the trailer for the original below, thanks to the Magnolia Pictures YouTube account.